Local News

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Riding the wave of short beach vacation

    Labor Day weekend is but a memory now, but for me, it is a good memory.
    On our four-day weekend, Derek and I hit the road to Florida. I lived for a few years on the Atlantic Coast in North Carolina, but had never been to the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
    With Hurricane Isaac looming, he and I oscillated between going and staying.
    As the hurricane made landfall to the west, we realized we’d have better weather in Pensacola than East Tennessee.

  • Greenway grant puts focus on Emory River

    Harriman will be expanding its view of the Emory River downtown with the help of a grant.

    The federal monies come through a transportation enhancement grant of $447,776 for one phase of a greenway project that is planned to eventually span from the ballparks at Flour Mill Flats around the Emory River waterfront to the north end of downtown Roane Street.

  • Donation for a good cause


    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss and firefighter Brandon Alcorn accept a $500 check from the South End Safety District of Norfolk Southern. Tim Lynch, left, mechanical supervisor out of the Knoxville yard of the railroad, presented the check.

  • Hooray for Cookes in Harriman

    After decades of performing, Jeanette Cooke still has an appreciation for a lively audience.  
    “I like to see the crowd all perked up,” she said. “It keeps you young.”
    That was the case on Monday for The Singing Cookes performance inside the Princess Theatre in Harriman.
    “The Cookes are friends of our family,” Hooray for Harriman director Randy Ellis said. “We’ve known them for a long time.”

  • Officer’s quitting may affect cases

    The resignation of a Roane County sheriff’s deputy could have an impact on other cases besides the one that involved Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell.
    Derek Kennedy arrested Mitchell for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest on Aug. 26. The District Attorney General’s Office decided to dismiss those charges after Kennedy resigned.
    “Because he resigned directly as a result of that one case and that incident, that’s why I went ahead and dismissed that case,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Buildings may be razed in cleanup

    Three buildings might be demolished as part of Harriman’s cleanup efforts this year.
    Harriman Building Inspector Maria Nelson announced to the Harriman City Council meeting recently that she has went out for bid on three unsafe and dilapidated properties.
    The homes are at 318 Byrd. St., 315 School St. and 113 Redwood Drive.
    Nelson said the bid deadline is Sept. 14 at the close of business for the day.
    “I don’t think anyone wants to wait,” Mason said.

  • Harriman appoints board members

    Harriman City Council approved a number of board and committee appointments recently.
    Councilmen Buddy Holley was appointed to the police board, Chris Ahler to the fire board and J.D. Sampson to the finance committee.
    Library board appointees were Mary Hickey, Sarah McCoin and Gina Griffis.

  • Hand quilters patch it together

    Quilting by hand has become a lost art in today’s technology-driven world.
    However, a group of seven Roane County women strives to keep the tradition alive by meeting twice a week at the Kingston Community Center for a quilt-crafting workshop.
    As a partnership between the Kingston Community Center and Mid-East Community Action Agency, the women meet each Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon to create masterpieces.

  • Tax penalties still sought for former road chief candidate Mullins

    Former road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins could still be on the hook for the penalties and interest that has accrued on his unpaid Roane County taxes. 
    Mullins is suing the county, claiming he’s owed money for work he did during construction of the county jail.
    Even though his unpaid taxes pre-date that project, Mullins’ attorney filed a motion in July asking that penalties and interest be waived because of the litigation pending over the jail project.

  • Dog-mauling victim better

    Dalton Broshears, the 4-year-old Roane County boy who was mauled by two pit bulls in May, is doing fine, according to his grandmother.
    “He stayed in the hospital for several days,” Ann Wells said. “Their real main fear was infection. Thank God we conquered that.”
    Dalton attended the Harriman Night Out last month and could be seen smiling and having a good time as he played on an inflatable slide.